Boonville FFA receives a Top Chapter Award

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 19, 2013 – Boonville FFA was the Model of Innovation winner in Student Development and placed third out of 331 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.

Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. The Boonville chapter advisors are Doug Henke, John Sponaugle and Deanna Thies.

The Boonville FFA student development activities included learning about agricultural careers from professionals in the field, promoting supervised agricultural experience programs, and providing an annual scholarship. The chapter promotes healthy lifestyles by getting members to participate in Shooting for Success, an opportunity to participate on the trap-shooting team.

Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. The Boonville FFA created a promotional video presentation to recruit prospective agricultural students. Other chapter development activities include establishing a Facebook page, Twitter account and a sporting clays fundraising tournament.

Community development activities offer the Boonville FFA Chapter the opportunity to improve the community around them. The students provide landscaping services for the local Interstate 70 rest area as part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Making it MO’ Beautiful program. Other community development activities include distributing books to elementary students and providing agricultural literacy presentations.

The top chapters are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. The competition will be this fall at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville.

The Missouri FFA has 25,062 members representing 331 chapters. The national organization has more than 550,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.